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Displaying items by tag: Jennifer Porter
Sunday, 25 November 2012 13:56

What Makes a Romance Hero?

Several weeks ago, I read Madeline Sheehan’s “Undeniable” (see review), a book which features a very unlikeable, un-heroic and criminal hero named Deuce. It isn’t a pleasant or fun story. It contains cheating, violence (so much violence, but the hero is violent toward the heroine), unlikeable characters and so much more. But it is a romance, in that it features two main protagonists who fall in love and get a happily ever after (although readers may or may not buy into it, but this can be true of any romance).

 

Several days later, Jane at Dear Author posted her review of this book. As is often the case, this review garnered lots of comments. I followed the thread with acute interest, especially when some of the commenters objected to the fact that “Undeniable” was considered a romance at all. One commenter in particular, pamela, asked “Why do books we read have to contain only main characters with noble motives and actions?” (comment #30). I was struck by this and even got into a great conversation on Twitter about this very question.

 

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Sunday, 25 November 2012 12:01

Review: Secret Sins

SecretSins“Secret Sins” by Lora Leigh (romantic suspense, St. Martins, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)

 

Series: The Callahans, book 3

 

Summary:
Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community—despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the country's most influential families, becomes the next target…

 

Anna knows she’s in danger. She knows she’s on a trail of secrets and lies that could lead to a dead end. But no matter what, she’s determined to learn the identity of the killer—even if it’s someone she loves…

 

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Friday, 23 November 2012 19:19

Review: Lord's Fall

lords fall-186x300“Lord’s Fall” by Thea Harrison (paranormal, Berkley, November 2012, $7.99, 304pp)

 

Series: Elder Races, book 5

 

Summary:
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…

 

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

 

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Thursday, 22 November 2012 21:58

Feel Like Cake?

cakeI hope that all who celebrate had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

This year, I was responsible for dessert at Thanksgiving dinner. I have no idea how I decided what to bring. I think a vision of cake and chocolate-covered strawberries came to me in a dream, and I went from there. The end result is the picture to the left. As I shared my dessert making experience on Twitter, I got several requests for the recipe. So, here is a description of how I made the cake. I like to wing it when I cook which means that I didn’t follow a recipe.

 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:55

Review: The Prince

princeCover“The Prince” by Tiffany Reisz (erotic fiction, Mira, November 2012, $13.95, 416pp)

 

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Series: Book 3 of the Original Sinners

 

Summary:
Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her…

 

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Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:58

Book Picks for the Week of November 19, 2012

Vivian Arend’s “Rocky Mountain Angel” (Samhain)
I’ve started to read this one – admittedly I got caught up reading the Fever series. I was absolutely enjoying this story and must get back to it. I am a fan of Arend’s stories. I find them very readable and often thought-provoking.

 

Cara Elliott’s “Too Dangerous to Desire” (Forever)
I adore Cara Elliott’s books. She writes fabulous historical romances that keep me glued to my seat (or my ereader). I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but I’m a big fan of this series. I’m hoping to read this one this week as I am on vacation!

 

Jax Garren’s “How Beauty Met the Beast” (Carina)
I admit to being extremely curious about this one. It is the first book in a paranormal trilogy that I don’t think would normally be my thing. But I need to read this one.

 

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“Archangel of Mercy” by Christina Ashcroft (review copy)
This book is out in early December so a review will be posted then. However, I’m not entirely sure what I think of this one. I liked the world and the characters, but had a real negative reaction to the ending of this one. I will be mulling this book for a bit.

 

“Their Reluctant Submissive” by Marla Monroe (ebook)
I enjoyed this book which is the first I’ve read by this author. The heroine Kelly is the reluctant submissive, who was hurt by a man masquerading as a dominant who slowly took over her entire life. Jackson and Marx aren’t looking for a full-time submissive, but Kelly is wary. I liked this aspect of the story.

 

“Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady” by Tiffany Clare (review copy)
See review

 

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Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:21

Review: Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady

Wicked-Nights-with-a-Proper-Lady-183x300“Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady” by Tiffany Clare (historical, St. Martins, November 2012, $7.99, 336pp)

 

Series: 1st book in Dangerous Rogues series

 

Summary:
WHEN LOVE IS AT STAKE

Leo Harrow, Earl of Barrington, is a regular subject of the scandal rags. Once an unrepentant pleasure seeker, he knows that young ladies are warned to look the other way when he enters a room. But when he comes face to face with a woman from his past—the one that got away—he will do anything to keep the rumors about him at bay. Or risk losing her forever…

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Sunday, 11 November 2012 20:44

Book Picks for the Week of November 12, 2012

Samantha Kane’s “The Devil Thief” (Loveswept)
There has been a great deal of talk about this one. I do have an egalley that I plan to read. I love the premise of this one which involves a heroine who is a burglar.

 

Sophie Barnes’ “There’s Something About Lady Mary” (Avon Impulse)
I have yet to read a book by historical romance author Sophie Barnes, but so want to. I do have an egalley of this one too. I like the fact that the book description hints that the heroine isn’t the usual, proper,historical miss.

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“Honor’s Splendour” by Julie Garwood (ebook, re-read)
I was feeling a bit out of sorts in terms of reading late last week. As a result, I decided that I needed a comfort read. This is one of my all-time favorite books. In this historical romance (Medieval), Madelyne saves Duncan after he is captured by her brother and left to be frozen to death. Rather than treat Duncan like the enemy, Madelyne warms his feet, sealing her fate. Duncan takes Madelyne, and the rest is history. This is a book that I recommend to people all of the time.

 

“Tell Me No Lies” by Delphine  Dryden (ebook)
I will read anything that Dryden writes. She is one of my favorite erotic romance authors. And this one features a hero and heroine who are lifelong friends. Tess is in a bad spot in her life. She has given up her job, is moving home, but is having trouble coping with everything. Jack confronts Tess and makes her start dealing with things, especially the attraction that has always existed between them. This is a steamy, steamy BDSM erotic romance.

 

“Seduce Me Tonight” by Kristina Wright (anthology) (ebook)
I think this might have been free on Amazon (which is why I bought it). I often find it more difficult to get into erotic shorts because I have trouble connecting with the characters. However, this one surprised me. While not every story worked for me, a fair number of them did. I would have no problem looking at other titles by Kristina Wright.

 

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